Re: 75gr Hornady BTHP for coyotes???
I have switched to exclusively using the 75gr HPBT match bullet in my 223 (Savage 10 PC 20" 1:9 barrel). It is the heaviest bullet I can shoot from this barrel. To go to VLD's would require going to a 1:7 or 1:8 at least twist.
The reason I went to the 75gr match bullets was twofold. 1) I had huge issues with wind drift at 250 yards and beyond with 55gr Vmax bullets. Many of the shots I needed to take were 250-350 yards.
2) The lighter and lower BC Vmax bullets bleed off their energy fast and have marginal killing power beyond 250 yards (from a 223), a fact not helped by the difficulty in getting a clean shot due to the previously mentioned wind drift.
So i made the switch to the 75gr "Superformance" load from Hornady and the trajectory needs consideration because I was using a 250 yard zero and missed some close shots due to the POI being about 3" high at about 100 yards. Meanwhile I had a custom turret made for my scope, so I just have to rotate the turret to the shooting distance and its dead on.
So far, the woulds have been devastating. The bullets seem to tumble after impact since the exit wounds have been over 2" in diameter. At 350 yards the bullet energy is double that of a 55gr Vmax.
So I am sure it is not for everyone, but that is what I use if there is not too much wind. I have taken to using my 243 with 95gr SST's which has even less wind drift and will kill out to even longer range and am in the process of doing a barrel swap to a 1:8 Shilen with a 243 AI chamber so that I can shoot the 95gr and 105gr Berger VLD's.
I also have another project in the works for upping the game to an 8x57 shooting late 70's and up to 99 head stamped M76 sniper ammo (196gr FMJBT) to build some skill in a heavier caliber without breaking the bank. I should be getting my Rem 700 long action back any day now with a McGowan match barrel in 8x57. Previously I found it really hard to be accurate with that rifle, but it had a crappy sporter barrel, crappy trigger and crappy stock (sound like a Remington ?). Now it will have a McGowan varmint contour barrel, a Shilen trigger and a Boyds thumbhole stock. Can't wait...